NO. 30.  AN ACT RELATING TO BURIAL OF DESTITUTE VETERANS.

(H.310)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  33 V.S.A. § 2301 is amended to read:

§ 2301.  BURIAL RESPONSIBILITY

(a)(1)  When a person dies in this state, or a resident of this state dies within the state or elsewhere, and the decedent was a recipient of assistance under Title IV or XVI of the Social Security Act, or nursing home care under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, or assistance under state aid to the aged, blind or disabled, or an honorably discharged veteran of any branch of the U.S. military forces to the extent funds are available and to the extent authorized by department regulations, his the decedent’s burial shall be arranged and paid for by the department if he the decedent was without sufficient known assets to pay for his burial.  As provided herein, the The department shall pay burial expenses when arrangements are made other than by the department to the maximum permitted by its regulations.  In any case where other contributions are made these payments shall be deducted from the amount otherwise paid by the department but in no case is the department responsible for any payment when the person arranging the burial selects a funeral the price of which exceeds the department's maximum.

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(A)  determine from the person making the arrangements if the decedent was a recipient of assistance or an eligible veteran as specified in subdivision (a)(1) above of this section;

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(b)  When a person dies while an inmate of a state institution and he the inmate is without sufficient known assets to pay for his burial, his the burial shall be arranged and paid for by the state institution.

(c)  When a person other than one described in subsection (a) or (b) above of this section dies in the town of his domicile without sufficient known assets to pay for his burial, his the burial shall be arranged and paid for by the town.  The department shall reimburse the town up to $250.00 for expenses incurred.

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Approved:  May 21, 2003